Crimes against the People – a Sui Generis Socialist International Crime?

In: Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d'histoire du droit international
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  • 1 Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Legal Studies, Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia, Budapest

Abstract

Crimes against humanity is one of the core crimes in international criminal law, whose existence is treated as a natural reaction to mass atrocities. This idea of linear progress is challenged by this article, which demonstrates that in post-Second World War Hungary an alternative approach was developed to prosecute human rights violation committed against civilian populations. Even though this concept was eventually used as a political weapon by the Communist Party, it had long-lasting effects on the prosecution of international crimes in Hungary.

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